Many of my clients come into my office thinking that bananas are fattening because they are high in calories and more dense in carbohydrates compared to other fruits. This is not true at all. Bananas, like any other fruit, are fattening when consumed in excess, which underscores the importance of understanding serving sizes. A serving of bananas is 4 oz in weight, which is equivalent to ½ a large banana. And so consuming a whole large banana is equivalent to having two servings of fruit. Having a banana most days of the week, therefore, can be part of a healthy eating lifestyle.
One serving or ½ a large banana contains approximately 15 grams of carbohydrates. In comparison, one can get this much carbohydrates in one serving of any fruit.
½ a large banana = 1 cup of berries = 1 medium size apple = 2 tbsp of raisins = 4 fl oz of fruit juice = ½ cup of fruit salad
Furthermore, bananas are a great source of phosphorous, calcium, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, niacin, vitamin E and vitamin B6.
Since bananas are a great source of carbohydrates and potassium they are perfect to have as a pre-exercise meal or an on-the-go snack. Bananas are also great to eat for people who wish to lower their blood pressure.
Have a banana and start Eating Free!!!